Crime is being probed as an tried homicide with anti-Semitic intent; Merkel calls act a shame
German investigators mentioned on Monday that they had been probing an assault on a Jewish student outside a synagogue in Hamburg as tried homicide with anti-Semitic intent, a case condemned by Chancellor Angela Merkel as a “disgrace”.
The 26-year-old student was badly injured on Sunday by a person who repeatedly struck him on the top with a shovel outside the synagogue the place the Jewish neighborhood was celebrating Sukkot, also referred to as the Feast of the Tabernacles.
The assault got here a 12 months after two individuals had been shot lifeless by an extremist who tried and didn’t storm a synagogue within the japanese German metropolis of Halle.
Jewish leaders and prime politicians led condemnation of the most recent assault, which Ms. Merkel’s spokesman described as a “repulsive” assault.
“Such an attack is repulsive, no matter what investigations about the motivation and the condition of the perpetrator might show,” mentioned spokesman Steffen Seibert.
“And it must be clearly stated by everyone in this society: in Germany, every such act is a disgrace.”
The suspect, 29, was arrested by law enforcement officials who had been assigned to guard the synagogue within the northern metropolis.
Dressed in fight fatigues, he had a chunk of paper with a hand-drawn swastika in his pocket, mentioned police and prosecutors in an announcement.
“The current assessment of the situation suggests that this is an anti-Semitic motivated attack,” they mentioned, including that investigators are treating the case as “attempted murder with grievous bodily harm”.
Ronald Lauder, chief of the World Jewish Congress, demanded motion, saying that the attacker “must be held responsible as must all who engage in any expressions of hate or intolerance”.
Anti-Semitic crimes have elevated steadily in Germany lately with 2,032 offences recorded in 2019, up 13% on the earlier 12 months.